'Road Trip' Tannhäuser Returns to Bayreuth, with Covid-19 Updates

August 31, 2021 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
Tobias Kratzer’s bold, imaginative production of Tannhäuser , which opened here in 2019 to mostly positive reviews, was revived this season with a few changes reflecting, and reflecting on, the Covid environment. As before, … » Read


Bayreuth's Paint-laden Die Walküre Booed with Gusto

August 25, 2021 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
BAYREUTH -- For Die Walküre , seen August 19, the vast Bayreuth stage has been turned into a giant, bright white triptych. Controversial Viennese artist Herman Nitsch, charged with creating the “artistic action” for this concert … » Read


Bayreuth Festival's Audacious New Höllander

August 24, 2021 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
BAYREUTH, Germany—After last summer’s lost season, the Bayreuth Festival reopened with an audacious production of Der fliegende Höllander led by Oksana Lyniv of Urkania, the first woman ever to conduct here. With strict rules in … » Read


A New Context for Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire

August 18, 2021 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
HOLLYWOOD—“Enjoy the show,” the announcer said at curtain time Sunday night (Aug. 15) at The Ford, a cozy amphitheater tucked in the hills just across the Cahuenga Pass from Hollywood Bowl. I’m not sure, though, that … » Read


At the Proms: Jurowski's Stunning Farewell to the LPO

August 17, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--The August 12 BBC Prom concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall was much anticipated for Vladimir Jurowski taking his farewell of the orchestra he has helmed as principal conductor for 14 remarkable years. Under his tenure, the London … » Read


Yo-Yo Ma Brings His Fans to Tanglewood, then Shares the Spotlight

August 11, 2021 | Leslie Kandell, Musical America
LENOX, Mass--Last Sunday’s terrific Boston Symphony Orchestra concert had multiple connections to the Year 2014: The program in the Koussevitzky Music Shed opened with Sinfonia ( for Orbiting Spheres ), composed in that year by Missy … » Read


Mirga Fever Shakes the Proms

August 10, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla has taken the U.K. by storm. The Lithuanian conductor first guested with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and was appointed as its music director in 2016 , a post she will have held until she … » Read


Petrenko Takes His New Orchestra to the Proms

August 9, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Here in the U.K., July 19 was christened “Freedom Day,” as final COVID restrictions were lifted following months of lockdown, including another delay caused by the alarming spread of the Delta variant. Two days later, and a … » Read


At West Edge: Eliogabalo, an Opera for Our Time. Not.

August 3, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Loony or lascivious? That is the dilemma, argues critic Joshua Kosman, posed by the Venetian composer Francesco Cavalli’s 1667 opera Eliogabalo . Presented by the West Edge Opera at the outdoor Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda, CA, through Aug. … » Read


A Fresh, Historically Astute Barber in Damrosch Park

August 2, 2021 | George Loomis, Musical America
For months now, intrepid presenters of opera have dared to break the silence imposed by the coronavirus—always cautiously and sometimes to houses purposely empty—by offering live performances. Only this week, however, did full-scale … » Read

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